Texas Tech University

David Turturo, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. & M.Phil, Yale University
M.Des., Harvard University
B.Arch., Syracuse University
Licensed, Registered, & LEED AP Architect

David Turturo believes Texas is the best place to study architecture and the city today.

Turturo teaches architecture at the intersection of design, urbanism, history, and theory. Turturo completed a Ph.D. in architecture at Yale University, writing the dissertation "Caryatid: Architecture and the Framing of Bodies" (advised by Pier Vittorio Aureli, 2015–2022). This manuscript challenges predominant assumptions about the relationship between form, gender, and politics, beginning with architecture's origin-myth and continuing to the present. Turturo's research and teaching have been published in AA Files, Metropolis, and Paprika!, as well as in edited volumes and presented widely; most recently for the GTA biennial doctoral workshop, ETH Zürich. Since 2005, Turturo has been preparing a critical monograph about the work of the American architect John Hejduk and, since 2018, an oral history project about contemporary architecture culture.

Turturo has taught at Harvard, Boston Architectural College, Northeastern University, and Yale. At Yale, Turturo organized the symposium "Image, Architecture, Place," debating the role of imaging techniques used in the work of innovative architects. One of Turturo's popular design studios, "Wilderness Urbanisms," introduced an unconventional model for collaboration and computational mixed-media. Presently, one of Turturo's graduate seminars, "The City as Social Contract," is being transformed into an inclusive public lab for urbanism research (to be announced soon). Turturo is a licensed architect (practicing since 2006) who has contributed to the design of more than a dozen award-winning cultural, institutional, and residential buildings that are attentive to the environment and historically significant sites.


Room 410
Office Hours: M/W 11:00 AM–1:00 PM and by appointment

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Image Credits: "Action Architecture" in AA Files 78; WildUrbs2 student work by Lucca Townsend; exhibition/event with Architecture Office; WildUrbs1 collaborative student work.